How to Get Rid of Lice – Quickly, Safely and Effectively

Your child complains of an itchy head and won’t stop scratching! You have avoided the inevitable long enough –it is time to verify if it might be lice.  Take out the magnifying glass and without touching the hair take a look at the crown and around the ears to see if you see any movement. Touching the hair may cause them to scurry for cover and you will have a harder time to find them.

Still not sure?  Send a picture to our experts for a free diagnosis!

What do I need to know?

  • To efficiently and effectively get rid of lice, you need to purchase three basic products:
    • Professional lice removal comb with microgrooves to remove both lice and eggs (nits) – such as Lice Services Canada lice comb.
    • A professional pesticide-free lice shampoo – such as Lice Services Canada (LSC) lice shampoo.
    • Hair Conditioner
  • The most important detail to know is that you MUST remove the eggs. If you do not remove them all they will hatch into lice again and then continue to lay eggs. This will provide additional opportunity for the infestation to spread amongst others and in your home. Something you desperately want to avoid if you can.

What do I do?

  • Make sure to follow the directions on the bottle of LSC shampoo. Apply and massage the product on to the scalp and let it sit for at least 1 hour, providing enough time to kill the adult lice.
  • Next divide the hair into 4 sections (depending on the length of the hair). You should only be working on one section at a time so that you can keep track of which areas you have completed.
  • Add your conditioner to the hair to allow the comb to move smoothly through the hair when removing the lice.
  • After each pass through the hair, wipe the comb on a white paper towel to see what has been removed.  If you are not sure about what you are seeing, send us a picture to assess if you’re correctly getting rid of the lice.
  • Once you have finished combing the entire head you must thoroughly rinse the hair.
  • Making sure the entire family is lice free is very important, but so too is making sure your environment is lice free. To ensure there is not a reoccurrence in your home you should:
    • Vacuum items such as couches, car seats, as well as any helmets.
    • Put these items away for 48 hours.
    • Any items you can put in the dryer, such as clothing and bedsheets, should be put in the dryer for 30 minutes on high heat.
    • Don’t forget to vacuum or clean any child’s toys that may hold the lice (i.e. stuffed animals, dolls, etc.).
  • Two days after the initial treatment it is time to do another comb out of each of those who have been affected by the lice. This time using only conditioner.
  • This step should be repeated again about 3 to 5 days after the initial treatment and repeat this schedule until you have 2 clear comb outs 3 days apart. Not following this protocol may result in a return of the lice!

Sounds like too much for you to handle?

If this process sounds too daunting or you are simply too busy or anxious to follow through on all the steps, then be in touch with our office through email, phone or our website. We can do the work for you in a fraction of the time with our extensively trained, experienced and professional technicians.

Visit our convenient central location or have us come to you! We offer 100% private and confidential assistance to you and your family. We can also provide you with a certified letter to be taken to the child’s school, daycare, camp or nursery school if needed.

You can reach us at: 613-482-1432 or info@liceservicescanada.com

Father combing her daughter at home.

How to get your ex to help with lice treatment

Every task seems amplified when your child has lice. Doing her hair for the day? Better change your brush. Drying his hair? Better get out the special towel. Sending them off to their mom or dad’s for the next few days (or week)? *Insert incoherent panic here*

Head lice treatment needs to be continued, regardless of where your child is laying their head for the evening. When your children share a home with both parents or stay with the other parent on weekends, head lice adds another level of stress and worry. “What if my ex doesn’t continue the treatments?” “What if my kids come back with more lice than before?”

That’s the hardest part – knowing that if the lice treatments aren’t done while they’re at their other parent’s home, it’ll be like starting over again when they get back.

There are a few things you can do to ensure both you and your ex are on the same page – on the same team in the battle against head lice.

#1 Don’t Assign Blame

No one is at fault for head lice. It happens. Instead of trying to blame each other for your child’s current situation, focus your attention on what you can do to get rid of the tiny pests plaguing your child. This includes sharing information about lice, setting up a treatment plan together and dealing with the battle in both households.

If you have a teenager, jump over to “The World is Over: I have Lice” for advice on how to talk to your children about head lice.

#2 Keep the Conversation Between the Two of You

Any discussions you have about lice – whether it’s educating your former partner on head lice or setting up your lice treatment plan – should be held in private when the child isn’t around. This will allow both of you to speak freely without worrying about hurting your child’s self esteem or stressing them with unnecessary conflict.

Our “Myths” page may help you bust a few of the rumours running around about head lice – and help you both remain calm and confident as you discuss lice treatment.

#3 Outline School Policies

Some schools have a “No Nit Policy” – this requires children to be nit-free before they can return to school. Other schools may have additional or varying policies. Find out, print out a description of the policy and make sure both of you have a copy. That way you’ll both know where your child stands with the school.

#4 Get Help

Getting expert help to remove lice will make the process that much easier. Lice Services Canada’s experts have a wealth of knowledge and experience that will cut the length of your head lice battle in half. We’ve put together a list of lice removal tips that you can use. But nothing beats bringing your child in for a treatment with us.

Back to School. Tips on avoiding lice

It’s that time of year again.  New back packs, lunch bags, coloured pencils and head lice!!  Yes head lice.  Yikes no one wants head lice.  So how can you avoid getting it?  A few tips from the experts at Lice Services Canada on how to avoid lice.

  • No sharing hats, brushes and combs.  Remind your children before they go to school to not share and you will have to remind them often.
  • Check your child’s class.  Do they have a dress up box?  Or shared items?  Remind the teacher that this is an area where lice can be spread.
  • Keep your child’s hair in a braid or bun.  This will be very important when they are working in close groups in class.
  • Get your child to place their hat in the sleeve of their coat when at school.
  • Check where your child puts their coat. Is it touching other coats?  Make sure the coats are spaced out or have your child place their coat in another area.
  • Spray your child with a preventative lice spray.  Lice Services Canada has a fantastic Mint Spray that help prevent head lice.

The best way to avoid head lice is to check once a week.  If your child does get head lice it won’t be a progressed case and probably won’t have spread to all the family members. 

If you suspect that your child, or you, has lice, you need to know where to look. Lice love to lay their eggs around the hairline at the neck and the hairline around the ears.  Lint or dandruff can be easily plucked off a hair but eggs are glued on one side of the hair shaft.  These eggs are laid close to the scalp as close as 2mm.

At Lice Services Canada we are The Original Lice Experts and we are here to help.  Not sure it’s lice? Send us a picture for a free diagnosis and expert advice.

Victorian era comb

The History of Lice Combs

Lice combs have been around for centuries.  When combs from the first century were discovered the archeologists thought they were just beautiful combs that were used every day.  It wasn’t until that they took a closer look that they found lice and eggs still stuck in the combs.  The ancient lice combs are double sided with more teeth on one side than the other.  One side was used to take the tangles out of the hair.  The side was used to take the lice and eggs out.

This design was used through the centuries in many different cultures.    These combs were made from wood, bone or ivory and often had intricate designs on them.  Unfortunately the design fell out of favour and was replaced with the cheap plastic combs that are currently used now.   If you have ever used these plastics combs you know that all they do is cause frustration as the lice and eggs go in between the teeth.

All through the centuries people knew the answer to lice removal was the comb.  The ancient design was good but it took many hours to remove everything.  Today families are busy and don’t have the hours required to remove lice and eggs.   So now you really need a great comb and Lice Services Canada has that comb.  The teeth are tight together and there is a microgroove that runs along each tooth.  These microgrooves help take out the eggs and lice easily.   This fantastic comb may not be a pretty as the ancient ones but they are very durable.  These combs can be sanitized and used on every family member and will last for years.

A 19th-century de-lousing comb made in India. (Photo: Science Museum, London, Wellcome Images

A 19th-century de-lousing comb made in India. (Photo: Science Museum, London, Wellcome Images

Scared mother reading her worried teenage daughter's diary

The world is over “I have lice”

As you can probably imagine the word lice would totally devastate any teenager.  Your teenager will think this is the end of the world!!!  They will think they are dirty and that if their friends find out they will be an outcast.  These are valid concerns from a teenager perspective but the myths need to be busted.

My advice to parents is to talk lice.  Talk lice before they get it and break the myths associated with lice.  When the friends are together talk about lice and that anyone can get it.  You may find that they will share experiences from the past.  Mention that yes it is a nuisance but can be dealt with quick and effectively.

Here is some important information to share with your teenager.

  • Lice actually prefer clean hair so having lice doesn’t mean you are dirty.
  • Lice like everyone from a newborn to a senior citizen so they aren’t the only one in the world with lice.
  • You don’t have to be itchy to have lice.  If a friend tells them they have lice have your head checked too even if you aren’t itchy.
  • Using a flat iron doesn’t work as you can’t get close enough without burning your scalp.
  • Putting homemade remedies such as mayonnaise on your head doesn’t work and can be dangerous as it creates salmonella.
  • Lice can be eliminated quickly if you know the facts and deal with it properly.  Don’t try any quick fixes as they don’t work.  Get the facts and deal with it safely and effectively. Using natural shampoo, a good comb and proper techniques is what works.
  • Telling your friends is a good thing so that they can all be checked and treated as necessary.  This stops the spread.

Lice is the topic no one wants to talk about but almost everyone at some point in their life will get.  Take the time to do your research and make good safe decisions about dealing with lice.  Remember many of the products bought at the drug store don’t work and many contain pesticides.  Some of these products claim to kill the eggs.  There is nothing on the market that kills the eggs so you need to manually remove all the lice and eggs.  This can be time consuming but it can be done using natural shampoo and a good lice removal tool such as Lice Services Canada products.

Lice is not fun and remember there are no quick fixes but it can be dealt with safely and effectively.  Get the facts and bust the myths. You and your teenager will get through this nuisance and it won’t be the end of the world.

Tea tree oil bottles

Does Tea Tree Oil Kill Lice?

Does tea tree oil really work against head lice? The short answer is no. In our experience we have observed that lice don’t like the smell of the tea tree oil. But to kill lice the answer is no.  It really is only good as a preventative measure.

Tea Tree Oil Lice Treatment

It’s a myth that tea tree oil can treat lice. At best, tea tree oil is a home remedy that you can use to protect your head from lice. However, it won’t be effective if you already have lice.

How Lice Services Canada Removes Lice

We simply use the specially designed Lice Services Canada Lice Comb to completely eradicate lice and eggs. When you schedule an appointment with Lice Services Canada, we’ll apply our special combing techniques in combination with our highly effective lice enzyme.  This process is done and then to break the life cycle of the lice we then do a follow up 3 to 5 days later.

Can I Treat Lice at Home?

Yes. After receiving lice treatment at our clinic, you can also buy our lice comb and mousse to treat everyone at home. The mousse is formulated with natural enzymes that help dissolve the glue that binds the egg to the hair shaft. This no-mess, no need to mix mousse is effective and easy to apply. Using the mousse with the Lice Services Comb will help ensure successful results.

Want to learn more about lice prevention and treatment? Check out this free handout.

Olive oil in a bottle

Is olive oil lice treatment a myth?

Olive oil is great for many reasons. Killing or removing lice isn’t one of them. There’s a home remedy doing the rounds, though. It requires you to combine olive oil with conditioner and liquid soap, apply it to your hair, leave it on for a few hours, rinse hair with vinegar, use a lice comb to remove dead lice, and repeat this process every week!

The Truth About Olive Oil Lice Treatment

The process described above might have been people’s only choice in the Stone Age. But these days no one has the time or nerves to sit for a few hours with olive oil and soap dripping from the hair and rinsing this mess with vinegar. And you’ll still have to use a lice comb and do the drill every week. So you tell me, does it seem to you that olive oil can really rid you of lice?

Why Olive Oil Won’t Work

The fact is that olive oil, and other oils for that matter, kill only grown up lice and louse by depriving them of the oxygen to breathe. For this to happen, you literally have to drown the lice in oil for many hours. As for the nits, they’re hard-shelled eggs housing lice embryos. Their impenetrable cocoon is impervious to anything you put on your hair. Olive oil is no exception. 

The Easier Way to Get Rid of Lice

We have an easier and more effective way to fight and remove lice. Just swing by our clinic and our lice removal experts will take a close look at your head. They will remove the lice and eggs through gentle and meticulous combing combined with our natural enzyme-based mousse. We’ll also treat your hat, coat, car, and other personal items where lice are suspected. 

Here’s What You Should Do

Do not waste time and get messy using home remedies that simply don’t work. Save that olive oil for a salad and call us for an appointment today. We’ll make sure you are 100% lice-free by the end of your follow up visit. You can also buy our natural, no-mess mousse and highly effective comb to occasionally treat yourself or your kids, so that your family never gets lice.

Expert lice removal tips from Lice Services Canada

If the mere mention of the word “lice” makes you cringe, wait until you or your kids have them. Lice can attack the best of us, but the good news is they’re easy to get rid of. At Lice Services Canada, our experts suggest the following steps to help you with your lice infestation.

Look before you touch

One of the easiest ways to check is looking at the crown of the head before you touch the hair.  Often you will see movement if there is lice present.  Once you touch the hair they will scurry away making them harder to find.

Know where to look

If you didn’t see any movement at the crown of the head you need to look for the eggs. Lice tend to lay eggs is along the hairline, at the nape of the neck, behind the ears and around the bangs.   The eggs are tear shaped and are glued to one side of the hair shaft as close as 2mm to the scalp.  This makes them difficult to see and remove if you have never done this before.

Avoid drug store products

Don’t put too much faith in lice products that you’ll find at the drug store. Many of them have pesticides or insecticides in them.  Some of them even claim to kill eggs.  There is nothing on the market which kills eggs. You must remove all the eggs to be successful.  These products also have you do a retreat in 10 days.  The best way to rid yourself of lice is to break the life cycle and to do that you must retreat in 3-5 days.  To do that you need to use our natural product and our metal comb.

Follow the Lice Removal Checklist

If you have a lice situation at home, here’s a quick checklist you can follow:

  • Check to make sure you child actually has lice.  Do not treat people who do not have lice this is not necessary.  Not sure it’s lice?  Take a picture and send it to us for free diagnosis.
  • Using our natural product and our metal comb start removing the eggs and lice.
  • Two days after the initial treatment use conditioner and do another comb out.
  • Two to three days after that you need to do another treatment. You need to continue this until there are two clear comb outs two days apart.
  • Put all bedding, blankets, sheets, pillow cases, and pillows in the dryer and spin on high heat for 30 minutes. Water doesn’t kill lice, but heat does.
  • Decorative pillows, stuffed animals, and other items that cannot be placed in a dryer should be put away for 48 hours.
  • Thoroughly vacuum carpets, couches, helmets and car seats.  Anywhere the head has been needs to be vacuumed.

Call Lice Services Canada

Yes, you are right. Lice removal takes time. Be prepared to spend a busy weekend doing nothing else but fighting lice. Still, you can’t be sure if you’ll be 100% successful. We have lice removal experts who can help you banish lice from your life very quickly, using natural methods.   Remember what takes you 5-10 hours to remove lice from your child will only take us 2 hours.  It’s what we do and we are efficient and effective.  Visit our centrally located clinic or call us at 613-482-1432 and our mobile lice removal team will be right at your doorstep.

Boy washing hair with shampoo

Can You Drown Lice?

The short answer? Yes. But you will drown the human first.

If you try to drown lice, you would need to keep them submerged for more than 8 straight hours in order to ensure they have indeed drowned. No coming up for air. Adult lice can “hold their breath” for up to 8 hours – they close their air holes and stay where they are until they can breathe again.

Then, you would need to repeat the process a couple of days later when the nits hatch, because while you were drowning the adults, they were cozy in their hard-shelled eggs, impervious to everything, even lack of air.

So, the realistic answer is “No, you can’t drown lice.”

The best treatment for lice is to get them picked out by a professional – Lice Services Canada, for example – using the right comb. Even over-the-counter shampoos and products aren’t as effective as a well-trained professional wielding the proper comb.

Our experts have over 50 years of combined experience in lice removal. While it may take anywhere from 5 to 10 hours for you to remove lice from your child at home, it only takes us 2 hours. We use an effective enzyme-based treatment (safe for all ages), our specially designed Lice Services Canada Lice Comb and our unique combing technique to remove and eradicate lice and eggs. You can also buy our lice comb and shampoo to treat everyone at home.

It only takes two visits with us to be lice free – the initial treatment and a follow up 3 to 5 days later. All without having to turn your child’s scalp into a prune trying to drown a louse.

Want to learn more about lice prevention and treatment? Check out this free handout.